You wouldn’t believe how much fun there is to be had around a table….
When we arrived at the Lakes last week we had a bit of a crisis. Hubs was trotting in and out with all our stuff and I was busy unpacking it when suddenly he said, “Where are the dogs?” I looked around but there was sight nor sound of them. Then I frantically checked the cottage but still couldn’t find them. Hysterically, hubs and I raced outside, I went right and asked him to go left.
Outside there were sheep everywhere, and Sam is obsessed with them. Some are in enclosed fields but many roam free with their lambs, and this had me worried sick. I knew Sam would gravitate to the sheep and had no doubt a farmer would shoot him if he was spotted, even though he wouldn’t hurt them.
To my horror there was no sign of them at all, I was racing down the mountain screaming their names and all the time I knew they could be miles away, in the forests or up waterfalls….or off on the many walks we’ve taken them on……so much ground to cover and so little time.
And everywhere I ran I came across livestock….and still no sign of the dogs. I can’t explain the terrible thoughts that ran through my head, my heart was pounding and I was shaking. I was also hideously out of breath. I hollered at every passer-by and camper, but no, no-one had seen them.
After about half an hour of running around like a headless chicken, I tried to calm down and decided to check the house once again. So back I ran and checked all the rooms….and there they were in the spare bedroom with eyes as large as saucers looking rather mystified! They must have heard all my panicky screams!!!
Oh my….the RELIEF!!!! I just can’t express the relief I felt!
When hubs returned I could see the relief on his face too….and the exertion…..and he was mumbling something under his breath about me asking him to go left, UP the mountain! Apparently it aint no fun running uphill!
I surprised myself this week, even after the scare with the dogs. I decided to let Annie off the lead on the mountain passes this time around, as she’s been walking off lead at home and is doing really well…..a little collie in training. She completely excelled herself and loved it, so we can now throw away her L plates!
We had fabulous sunshine mid week so played out on the ferries…..
Such fun ferry hopping is!
The dogs got so used to it they even began play fighting on the boats!
We went on a couple of monstrous hikes this time around….by accident you understand!
The first one began well, we hiked up to Loughrigg peak, which is no joke on the old thighs I can tell you, and then we took a diversion….hubs idea, he wanted to find some tarn or other….
So we climbed and climbed…..then tiptoed down the sheer mountain passes until the diversion took us right over the damn mountain only for hubs to announce that we were on the WRONG side of it and would have to go back the way we had come! I utterly refused! My legs were done with climbing and were burning something shocking…..sooooo….after a long chat with a delightfully posh gentleman with a map, another route was found that didn’t involve too much climbing, but it was longer, another eight miles….sighs….so off we all trotted….
And we even stumbled across the Tarn hubs was after in the first place…
We walked and walked and walked some more until I was convinced I had worn my soles out….
And everywhere bluebells were gracing the hilltops.
Until finally we were once again on the lower ground and on the right side of the mountain.
I won’t ramble on about the next days’ walk, enough said that it was supposed to be easy but ended up involving an unmerciful climb up the eternally winding, hideously steep path called the UNRELENTING. The name says it all, add wind and chill factor and two dogs pulling in opposite directions and hair blinding the eyes……oh the torture! This is the second time this route has defeated us!!
Anyway……..I’m now home and am already missing the place….even if my legs don’t! So…after a few large glasses of wine I shall begin catching up with you all.
And finally…..the UK winner of The Cut Flower Patch is Sue@glallotments …so if you could email me your address Sue I’ll have the publisher sort you a copy.
I’m not sure if any non-UK readers wanted a copy of the book or not, if anyone does could you let me know?